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Kyle Long talks Bears offensive struggles on NFL Total Access

Kyle Long talks Bears offensive struggles on NFL Total Access

Recent NFL retiree and social media enthusiast Kyle Long recently appeared on NFL Total Access and spoke about the Bears’ recent offensive struggles.

Long emphasizes the blame for the 2019 season shouldn’t entirely rest on Trubisky’s shoulders, but also on the entire offensive line. Long’s not just trying to let Trubisky off the hook here, football is a team sport after all, and if you look at the Bears’ offensive report card for this past season, you’ll see that the problem is not just under center. Some of the weight of the lack of OL production falls on Long himself, who continued to be plagued by injuries before retirement and needing to be replaced by Rashad Coward. Long brings this up himself in the interview, stating “I hold myself responsible as somebody who wasn’t able to stay healthy.”

Besides Long, Bobby Massie earned the lowest Pro Football Focus grade of his career (63.2), while Charles Leno, Jr. earned his second-worst (58.6) at tackle.

So, while it’s easy to point fingers at Trubisky and make him a scapegoat, the reality of the situation is that the Bears’ 2019 offensive struggles weren’t born in a vacuum, and there is a lot of room for improvement before the 2020 season begins.

You can read Long’s full quote below:

If the Bears can’t run the ball, they’re not able to pass the ball, and that holds true for any team in the league. You take the pressure off the quarterback with the run game and you keep the opposing offenses off the field.

When Mitch was drafted, he came into a team with a power back that was an All-Pro and you had two pro bowl guards and you had a litany of people around him on the outside and the coaching staff that made his job relatively easy. Granted he was a young player, he had tremendous success, so the expectations were high. Coming into the 2nd year, there was a change in scheme, now you’re looking at a different offensive coordinator in his 2nd year as a starter. With (Mark) Helfrich and the run game and injuries up front, it made it really difficult for Mitch to be able to settle in and have that comfort level to be able to fire the ball where he wants to, when he wants to.

You can watch the whole interview here.  

 

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Under Center Podcast: What happens after retirement with Chris Long

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Under Center Podcast: What happens after retirement with Chris Long

Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long just retired from a long career in the NFL and who better to give him advice about what's next than his older brother Chris Long. Host Laurence Holmes sits down with Chris Long as they discuss the difficulties players face after they retire from the NFL and his relationship with his brother former Bear Kyle Long.

(3:10) - Chances that Chris Long gets a Nobel Peace Prize

(6:50) - Advice to Kyle Long on how to deal with retirement

(9:54) - Does he miss football?

(12:00) - Kyle Long's chance at playing baseball with the White Sox

(13:22) - Laurence wrap up of the interview

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Former Bear Kyle Long relishes retirement, goes off-roading through desert

Former Bear Kyle Long relishes retirement, goes off-roading through desert

You know how some people worry that they’ll be bored after they retire — that after years and years of working, they won’t know what to do with themselves once they have all that free time?

Kyle Long is certainly not one of those people.

After playing in the NFL with the Bears for seven years, many of those seasons spent struggling with injury, Long has officially retired from professional football and seems to be loving life. He has been keeping busy playing video games on streams, travelling and of course, tweeting.

Today, Long shared his most recent retirement adventure, off-roading in the desert south of Las Vegas. After playing at guard and OT for the Bears, Long knows how to handle himself when things get rough and this off-road course is no exception. In the video Long shared on Twitter, which he captioned #Retirement, he rides shotgun as his driver takes their vehicle over several jumps and bumps on the track. The dust is flying! The heavy metal music is blaring in the background! #Retirement, more like #RetirementGoals.

You can watch the video below.

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